18 Dec 2016

Jockey dies after horse falls during race

8:18 pm on 18 December 2016

A jockey has died after her horse and another horse fell at a race meeting in Gore.

Rebecca Black

Southland jockey Rebecca Black won more than 100 races in her career. Photo: Supplied / New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing

Rebecca Black, 40, from Riverton, was competing in the eighth race at the Tapanui Racing Club event, New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing (NZTR) said in a statement.

It said her horse, Point Proven, was one of two to fall during the race.

The incident happened just after 4pm. St John Ambulance said it attended but Ms Black died at the scene.

NZTR chief executive Greg Purcell said Ms Black had won more than 100 races in her career.

The racing community would be deeply affected by the mother-of-three's death, he said.

"All our thoughts are with Rebecca's family and friends at this dreadful time."

The organisation said it was the second fatal race fall in the past decade, following Ashlee Mundy's death at Kurow in December 2012.

New Zealand Jockeys' Association president Dave Taylor said he and Ms Black's colleagues were deeply saddened by the tragedy.

Police had referred the death to the coroner, and WorkSafe was investigating.